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Politics and Policy
Sauce for the goose
Monday, April 24, 2000
By Steve Usdin
WASHINGTON - Anti-biotech activists are quick to point out the financial interest of life sciences companies in affirming the safety of biotech foods and liberally use the "conflict of interest" argument to urge governments and the public to dismiss corporate-sponsored science as biased. However, what is sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander. The anti-GMO movement should acknowledge the funds it accepts from companies that grow, distribute and sell organic foods - and that the organic food industry has an obvious economic interest in generating public fear of genetically engineered foods.
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